1938 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 57th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise and their 52nd in the National League.

- 1938 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559

Homer in the Gloamin'

One of the most famous home runs in baseball folklore, hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs near the end of the 1938 Major League Baseball season.

One of the most famous home runs in baseball folklore, hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs near the end of the 1938 Major League Baseball season.

Netherlandish Proverbs by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559

The Pittsburgh Pirates had led the National League for much of the 1938 season, but when the final month of the season came, the Pirates began to falter.

1938 Chicago Cubs season

The 67th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 63rd in the National League and the 23rd at Wrigley Field.

The 67th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 63rd in the National League and the 23rd at Wrigley Field.

When Hartnett took over, the Cubs were in third place, six games behind the first place Pittsburgh Pirates who were led by Pie Traynor.

Gabby Hartnett

American professional baseball player and manager.

American professional baseball player and manager.

Hartnett, circa 1925
Hartnett's plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame
Hartnett's grave at All Saints Cemetery

When Hartnett took over as manager, the Cubs had been in third place, six games behind the first place Pittsburgh Pirates led by Pie Traynor.

1938 Cincinnati Reds season

Season in American baseball.

Season in American baseball.

Cincinnati had a very solid record of 15–10 in the month of June, bringing their overall win-loss record to 35–27 by the end of the month, sitting in a second place tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, only four games behind the pennant leading New York Giants.

1938 Philadelphia Phillies season

Season in American baseball.

Season in American baseball.

– || May 11 || @ Pirates || colspan=6 | Postponed (cold and rain ); Makeup: June 12 as a traditional double-header

Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP

1938 in baseball

World Series: New York Yankees over Chicago Cubs (4–0)

World Series: New York Yankees over Chicago Cubs (4–0)

Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP

July 12 – The Pittsburgh Pirates complete a thirteen-game winning streak to pull themselves within half a game of the first place New York Giants.

Dean on the cover of Time magazine in 1935

Dizzy Dean

American professional baseball pitcher.

American professional baseball pitcher.

Dean on the cover of Time magazine in 1935
Dizzy Dean 1933 Goudey baseball card.
Dizzy Dean's plaque at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

The Cubs had been in third place, six games behind the first place Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pie Traynor

American professional baseball player, manager, scout and radio broadcaster.

American professional baseball player, manager, scout and radio broadcaster.

Traynor was regarded as one of the greatest third basemen of his generation.

Traynor almost won another pennant, as a manager in 1938, as the Pirates led the NL for most of the season before faltering to the Chicago Cubs in the famous "Homer in the Gloamin'" game at Wrigley Field.

Chicago Cubs

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
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Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
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A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

The '38 club saw Dizzy Dean lead the team's pitching staff and provided a historic moment when they won a crucial late-season game at Wrigley Field over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a walk-off home run by Gabby Hartnett, which became known in baseball lore as "The Homer in the Gloamin'".